This minor foregrounds the public (or social) nature of writing and reimagines writing as a tool for dialog across difference, inclusion, coalition-building, activism, and advocacy. Integrating reading and writing assignments with the opportunity to carry out writing and research of value to community-based initiatives (such as those advocated by nonprofit organizations, neighborhood activists, and community advocates), this minor opens for
undergraduate study how communities take shape around shared reading, writing, and “languaging” practices within local, national, and/or global material context.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00 For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: CPW

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Required Courses 

ENGH 380Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric3
ENGH 382Rhetoric of the Essay3
Total Credits6


Select two courses from the following:6
Introduction to Creative Writing (Mason Core)
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
Antiracism and Writing
Contemporary African American Literature
Global Voices (Mason Core)
Social Justice Consciousness and Action
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Television
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV
Research for Social Change
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Representations of Race (Mason Core)
Genealogy of Black Feminist Thought
Race, Class, and LGBTQ Communities
Writing for the Environment
Environmental Communication
Contemporary Health: Intersections in Science and Society (Mason Core)
Business and Sustainability
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Non-Profit Writing
Writing for Public Relations
RS: Writing Ethnography (Mason Core)
Proposal Writing and Development
Issues in Government and Politics
Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States
Principles of Fund Raising
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Writing, Social Justice, and Community
Topics in Communication and Gender
Rhetoric of Social Movements and Political Controversy (Mason Core)
Argument and Public Policy (Mason Core)
New Media and Democracy
RS: Writing Ethnography (Mason Core)
Health Ethics, Leadership, and Advocacy
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Youth Resistance and Advocacy
Public Writing and the Public Humanities
Writing across the Media
Feature Writing
Special Topics in Journalism
Environmental Communication
Creative Nonfiction Writing
RS: Writing Nonfiction for the Public (Mason Core)
Topics in U.S. History
Total Credits6

Capstone Course

ENGH 482Community and Public Writing3
Total Credits3